Do elite colleges and universities discriminate against Mormons?

This study is getting a lot of attention lately. An analysis by two Princeton professors shows that elite universities really only favor one kind of diversity, ie diversity based on skin color and/or Latino ethnicity. Asians and middle class whites — especially whites from rural backgrounds — are discriminated against. This analysis shows that the groups discriminated against include Pentecostals, evangelicals and Mormons.

I think the Princeton study will provide a lot of ammunition for those who feel the affirmative action process is outdated and unfair. If the stated purpose of admissions favoring diversity is to improve the university by admitting a wide variety of students, shouldn’t that wide range include religious students with different backgrounds?

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